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About Lightbridge Academy

From the first hello of the day, to the last good-bye, we want every child to feel safe, nurtured, and excited to learn and grow with us, and for you to consider Lightbridge Academy a true partner in the development and education of your child.

It all begins with our Circle of Care philosophy, which empowers staff members, franchise owners, and even vendors to go beyond what’s expected, creating a one-of-a-kind educational experience for the children we care for and the families who cherish them.

By gaining your trust and always making decisions with your child’s health and happiness in mind, we continually strive to be the complete and total solution for hardworking parents — just like you.

Lightbridge Academy provides a solid curriculum for children ages six weeks old to Pre-School and offers extended hours, optional meal plans and summer camp programs. Innovative technology helps parents stay connected to their child throughout the day through our ParentView® Internet monitoring system, allowing parents access to view their child’s classroom at any point in the day via an encrypted, web based system, and our parent eCommunication app, which tracks a child’s daily achievements and allows teachers to send parent’s daily reports, reminders, photos and even video clips.

As a business, child care has attractive attributes you won’t find in any other industry!

• Balanced high quality of life – with most nights, weekends and holidays off
• Makes a difference in the lives of children and families
• An essential business, a NEED, not a WANT service
• Recession-resistant business
• Educational child care is in high demand

A fine-tuned system – Lightbridge Academy was founded in 1997 as a family owned business and began franchising in 2011. Now, we are a fast-growing regional network of child care centers expanding throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Our system successfully balances quality education, family-focused customer service and a genuine sense of care from the core of our business model.

The Solution for Working Parents – Our outstanding reputation and loyal following are the result of our programs and services, created by listening to and meeting the needs of working parents and their children. Lightbridge Academy provides the educational child care program that is always-in-demand, meaning that we provide an essential service with a a constantly renewing consumer base.

Lightbridge Academy features:

• State of the art air purification and filtration systems
• Leading-edge safety and security systems for parents’ peace of mind
• Internet video monitoring and eCommunication tool to keep parents connected, in real time
• Whiteboard and iPad technology in the classroom
• Hours and availability that ease the stress of parents’ work schedule
• Seedlings Early Childhood Educational Curriculum – a Lightbridge Academy exclusive with enrichment programs for music, reading and writing readiness, sign language, Spanish, STREAM, and yoga and mindfulness.

A business set for the future – As dual-income families become the norm in society, the businesses that cater to these families will be in ever-increasing demand. Lightbridge Academy has recognized this trend and meets the challenge through our Circle of Care, where the needs of parents are addressed alongside those of children.

A Lightbridge Academy center provides franchisees with sizeable and steady revenue from tuition, as well as support streams that can be considerable. Your center can generate additional revenue by offering programs such as:

• Extracurriculars including ballet, karate, soccer, etc.
• Back-up care
• Before and after school
• Babysitting for clients’ after-hours needs
• Summer camp for enrolled students and school aged children outside of Lightbridge Academy

Client loyalty – In 2021, Newsweek recognized Lightbridge Academy for providing America’s Best Customer Service – Newsweekustomer Service Parents spend an enormous amount of time and heart when choosing a child care center. They invest emotionally in the center they decide upon. So they want to stay there for the long-term and come to depend on their “extended” family at the center. To them, Lightbridge Academy isn’t a business; it’s a home-away-from-home that they want to share with others.

Your community and a growing market need you

• Between 2006 and 2010, the percentage of parents reporting child care as a necessity rose from 49% to 57%. 1
• The $48 billion child care industry will continue to grow as the economy continues to recover, unemployment decreases and more parents re-enter the workforce.2
• In 2011, 12.5 million children under age 5 were in some type of child care arrangement.3

Company Founded


Current Leadership

Gaetano Falzarano, FoFranchises Under & CEO

Started Franchising

2011 (10 years)

Total Number of Units

47 (as of 2020)

Part-Time / Full-Time

Full Time

How Much Does It Cost To Open A Lightbridge Academy Franchise?

There are several costs associated with opening a Lightbridge Academy franchise. There is typically a franchise fee set by the franchisor, which covers the costs of opening a franchise location. Some other commons fees include equipment fees, marketing fees, licensing fees, insurance, and taxes, to name a few.

Some franchises may have a weekly fee that the franchisee pays for operating a Lightbridge Academy franchise. The weekly fee for opening a Lightbridge Academy franchise is Royalties Due On The 5Th Of Each Month.

The full breakdown of these fees can be found in the Financial Disclosure Document (FDD) provided to franchisees by the franchisor. The FDD report will contain additional information such as whether the franchise is renewable (Lightbridge Academy Is Renewable) and does the franchise offer financing support (Lightbridge Academy Lightbridge Academy has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll).

Lightbridge Academy Company Details

Here are some additional details about Lightbridge Academy.

Parent Company Lightbridge Franchise Co. LLC
Initial Investment $40,000
Net Worth Requirement $1,000,000
Veteran Incentives 10% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee 7%
Ad Royalty 2%
Cash Requirement $200,000
Term of Agreement 15 years
Absentee Ownership No
Run from Home No
Part Time No

Training and Support Offered By Lightbridge Academy

Lightbridge Academy offers several support options to its franchisees. With 47 (as of 2020) units, Lightbridge Academy aims to provide support to each franchise owner to help them operate a successful franchise location. Lightbridge Academy offers 32 hours on the job training, 114 hours classroom training, and Ongoing additional training.

Training and Support Offered

Here are the support options offered by Lightbridge Academy.

On-The-Job Training 32 hours
Classroom Training 114 hours
Additional Training Ongoing
Ongoing Support
  • Purchasing Co-ops
  • Newsletter
  • Meetings & Conventions
  • Toll-Free Line
  • Grand Opening
  • Online Support
  • Security & Safety Procedures
  • Lease Negotiation
  • Field Operations
  • Site Selection
  • Proprietary Software
  • Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
  • Co-op Advertising
  • Ad Templates
  • National Media
  • Regional Advertising
  • Social Media
  • SEO
  • Website Development
  • Email Marketing
  • Loyalty Program/App
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Is Lightbridge Academy Right For You?

Lightbridge Academy has gone digital! Here are all of the ways you can find Lightbridge Academy online. Oftentimes, you can reach out to current franchisees of Lightbridge Academy online. Current franchisees may be able to offer personalized insights into what it is like owning a Lightbridge Academy franchise and offer tips to running a successful Lightbridge Academy franchise location.


Why Should You Start a Lightbridge Academy Franchise?

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